by Justin Udo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The city of Philadelphia kicked off its yearly free tree program on Monday as a part of an endeavor to spruce up yards around the region.READ MORE: At Least 3 People Shot, Killed In Violent Thursday Night In Philadelphia
Philly Parks and Recreation is giving out more than 1500 trees in an effort to beautify neighborhoods and help improve the city’s carbon footprint.
“We’re trying to increase the canopy cover in the city of Philadelphia, because trees provide shade, they clean our air, they capture storm water, and they provide so many benefits,” said Erica Smith Fichman with Philly Parks and Rec.READ MORE: Colonial School District In Delaware May Resort To Online Learning Amid School Bus Driver Shortage
She says for the last five years, the program has put more than 17,000 trees in yards across the city, with the goal of making sure each Philadelphia neighborhood has at least 30% tree canopy coverage.
“We will have 12 different trees for people to choose from. They can get a free tree to plant in their yards and really take ownership over the urban canopy here in the city and the urban forest,” said Fichman.
Registration to get a free tree runs until March 27th, and they’ll be given away in April.MORE NEWS: Edwin Allen Charged With Sexually Assaulting Woman In Upper Darby SEPTA Train Terminal
To find out how to get yours visit treephilly.org.